Now a days, the Topps baseball card company signs pretty much every minor league baseball player to a contract allowing them the opportunity to make a baseball card of that player should they see fit. Back in the 1950’s, it was an entirely different process. Thus was the case that Los Angeles Dodgers great Maury Wills was passed over as then Topps employee Turk Karam didn’t think enough of Wills, who was then participating in a spring training tryout with the Detroit Tigers, to offer him a contract. The story link below looks at the Wills oversight and how he eventually came to sign with Topps competitor Fleer who produced baseball cards for a short time in the 1960’s before finally resurfacing again in 1981. It’s a great historical read for any baseball card collector.
Did Topps turn down a deal on Maury Wills because he was such a bad prospect? — LATimes.com
Current Arizona Diamondbacks pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs was traded from the Los Angeles Angels as the player to be named later in the July 2010 trade that sent Dan Haren to the Angels. Apparently no one told the Topps company who in their 2011 Bowman Chrome baseball product that hit retail stores today, features Skaggs in his Los Angeles Angels uniform and comes complete with the Angels logo on the front of the card. It seems nearly impossible given Skaggs status as one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball that Topps could manage to mess up so badly. You can view the card via the link below.
Tyler Skaggs 2011 Bowman Chrome Baseball Card
Hat tip to our prospect ranker @Jaypers413 for heads up on this story.